Major General Patrick D. Frank is the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command.
MG Frank graduated from St. Bonaventure University and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer.
Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of command and staff assignments. His previous assignments include: Commanding General of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk; Deputy Commanding General and Acting Senior Commander of 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas; Executive Officer to the Commander ISAF Resolute Support; Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team "Spartans," 10th Mountain Division - deployed in the surge of forces to Kandahar, Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom XII-XIII; 1st Infantry Division G-3; Commander of 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry "Black Lions," 4th IBCT, 1st Infantry Division - deployed to Baghdad as a part of the surge during Operation Iraqi Freedom-V; Aide to the Secretary of the Army; Deputy G-3 and Brigade S-3 in the 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom-I; company commands in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York where he also deployed as a staff officer in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and a tour with the 3rd Infantry Division, Germany, in support of Operation Desert Storm.
MG Frank earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College; and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
MG Frank’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge.